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  • Footy in lockdown is surreal

    Footy in lockdown is surreal0

    Talk about contrasts. It was either utter silence or deafening 80s hits at Leicester as Chelsea’s 1-0 win teed up an FA Cup semi against Man U at Wembley. They struggled to get the balance right; the Tannoy messages relayed at full volume, as if competing with 32,000 baying fans. The guy could have whispered

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  • Fan-free footy: the new normal

    Fan-free footy: the new normal0

    Men’s football resumes this month, with Blues fans dividing their interest between FA Cup and Premier League. Looking back to Saturday 21 March seems as far removed from real life as watching scratchy black-and-white First World War footage, but that was the day Chelsea should have travelled to Leicester for a lunchtime FA Cup quarter-final.

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  • Fireworks, then fizzle

    Fireworks, then fizzle0

    Frank Lampard’s return to the Bridge as manager began with fireworks, but by the end it was starting to fizzle out… probably because it’s been an exhausting week and it’s still very early days in a season which promises to be lively. Leicester City – tricky opponents at the best of times with Jamie Vardy’s

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  • How to beat Chelsea

    How to beat Chelsea0

    How to beat Chelsea. Step 1: Man-mark Eden Hazard. Step 2: Close down all spare space. Step 3: Hassle and harry, show no respect. Step 4: Score. Leicester City’s game plan worked to perfection, with the Blues falling to a rare home defeat, and Leicester fans jubilantly heading back to their buses, chanting deliriously. Hamza

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  • Bring on Barca and Leicester!

    Bring on Barca and Leicester!0

    Chelsea’s 2-1 victory against stuttering Crystal Palace at the weekend was just the tonic the team needed ahead of the Champions League game at Barcelona in midweek, following defeats against the two Manchester sides. Olivier Giroud had an excellent game for the Blues on Saturday, and was desperately unlucky not to score – striking the

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